Book Chatter: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

[blue_box] Book Chatter is a feature where Aggy and Aiko read a book together and chat about it. It’s book chatter because we get loud, and random, and truly crazy about it! [/blue_box]

Aiko and Aggy start reading the first few chapters of Landline…

Aggy: Right, So. Landline. Why are we reading this book again?

Aiko: I don’t know, because it’s by Rainbow Rowell and we both loved Eleanor and Park?

Aggy: Right. Now where do we start. You know, for someone who makes jokes for a living, Georgie isn’t very funny

Aiko: Georgie is depressing, really

Aggy: Yea so I’m starting to think this book is kinda depressing and I don’t get this book yet. Is it just me??

As Aiko and Aggy get halfway through the book…

Aiko: This book is annoying

Aggy: True that. Why are we reading this again? The ending better be good

Aiko: If it’s crappy I think our review will all be filled with complaints

Aggy: OK, what is Georgie’s attraction to Neal?! It looks like he’s boring. What’s up with the he doesn’t smile?!

Aiko: I kinda like Neal, he reminds me of you-know-who in a way, although he likes to smile

Aggy: Well I kinda like Seth, because he reminds me of MY you-know-who. Why are we thinking of our you-know-whos?!

Aiko: I have to agree though, the constant reiteration of the fact that Neal doesn’t smile is really annoying. Like it irritates me, I feel like “okaaay finee we get it, Neal doesn’t smile, you’re a self-obsessed, selfish being, and Seth is well, Seth, but then what happens???”

Aggy: Exactly. Anyway why is Neal is so anti-smile? Like background please, yeah this stuff is important to me, like why is a person so miserable. And the irony that Georgie is married to him! Maybe MAYBE she’s sick of seeing so many people smiling and laughing and it’s a kind of “vacation” to see someone NOT smiling. Okaaayyy over-analyzing.

Aiko: But Neal does smile, Aggy, but only when he’s happy. Like, truly happy. I think it might be that it’s just Georgie who never realizes Neal’s smiles. Like maybe he does smile a lot but Georgie just doesn’t see it, cause she’s so self-absorbed all the time…

Aggy: I guess, but he doesn’t smile enough. He is simply not human. Yeah, Georgie is super self-absorbed!! Urgh!

Aiko: Anyway, it’s not boring though, cause a boring book would be like “Meh, I don’t want to read this anymore…” this one’s like… “I want to continue reading but can we please get to a more interesting place? GAAH. Like what’s up with Neal, is he angry, why is he not picking up the phone and what happens, what happens??”

Aggy: Very true. It’s not a boring book because it keeps us wondering what happens next but but BUT… What is up with the time-travel? I hope it’s elaborated later on because I simply CANNOT live not knowing what is up with the magic phone! Also, I am quite irritated by Rowell’s style of writing, too many random flashbacks.

Aggy finishes the book while Aiko is otherwise occupied…

Aggy: What the….?! This book! I can’t even…. After Eleanor and Park this is definitely upsetting!

Aiko: Wait, wait! Let me catch up first!

Aggy: Hurry up and finish the book!

Aiko: Is it horrific? Cause if the ending is bad I don’t want to continue reading. But OH, this scene at the beach is so sweet. Neal is sweet.

Aggy: I gotta admit though that there were some sweet “awww” Neal moments in this book BUT!!! Seriously this story is doing my head in.

Aiko: Oh I love this part… where Georgie really falls in love with Neal. Before Seth comes and ruins things. Oh, and the conversation with Heather is soooo goood.

Aggy: I kinda like the story towards the ending though. The phone calls between Georgie and Neal are the best! And by the way Seth is a total jerk! My favourite moment I have to say is the doggie moment, like that was one of the most exciting and thrilling part of this book. I’m sorry to say that this book is quite boring that my mind often drifts someplace else while reading and when I stumble upon an interesting part I’m like “Eer, what was that? What did I miss?”.

Aiko: Okay please tell me this silly Georgie girl makes her way to Omaha. Like right now. PLEASE.

Aggy: Come on, it’s obvious! This book is quite predictable.

Aiko: Yeah, but Georgie is stupid, stuck-up and has weird ideas. For all I know she might decide to have sex with Seth or something.

Aggy: She is overthinking everything and selfish too!

Aiko: Okay, why does Georgie’s mom need to turn on the TV so the pugs can listen to Christmas Carols? Aggy, I want to take over Georgie’s place. Like, I want to be Neal’s wife. And I’ll make him laugh all the time with happiness. He is so adorable! And perfect.

Aggy: Haha! You are weird. Ok but I get your point, I can so see Neal as a husband material and he is a really good illustrator too. What I don’t get is he has no ambition for himself, like no drive in life and he gives in to Georgie so easily. He basically dedicates his life to Georgie and no one else, well for their kids too.

Aiko: OH PLEASE! What is Seth doing?? *throws the yellow phone at Seth* What is wrong with this guy.

Aggy: Seth is pathetic. Like what the hell, he is an asshole. He waited forever to tell Georgie how he feels and chose the perfectly wrong moment to tell her!

Aiko: I think it’s kinda sweet though. Like sad sweet. Like poor stupid Seth I’m sorry but you’re just nowhere near the perfection that is Neal.

Aggy: What?! Do not defend Seth woman! How dare he! After all these years? After Georgie is married with two kids AND on the verge of divorce?!

Aiko: Yeah, he’s like 20 years too late, but it’s still sweet. Like Snape and Lily sweet. That last moment totally redeemed him, the kiss on the forehead.

Aggy: Urgh! You are obviously too forgiving and I, too ruthless! If I were Georgie I would say “I hate you Seth, my world is colliding in a thousand different ways and you are that extra earthquake. Thanks a bunch!”

Aiko: LOL… Yeah, but he kisses her on the forehead and let’s her go. I bet he’ll be at home all devastated afterwards… I mean, yeah, Seth’s an asshole in many ways but in that particular moment he was really sweet.

Moments later…

Aiko: AAAAANNNNDDD I’m done!

Aggy: Finally! So, for me this book is just an ordinary husband and wife quarrel, nothing too special. Georgie is selfish, Neal is unambitious and Seth is an asshole. I don’t find the storyline too exciting.

Aiko: Well, it’s like the tipping point… Like there has been so many years of negativity buried because of Georgie’s selfishness and Neal’s unconditional love and finally he breaks, and that made Georgie realize how bad she’s been. Neal should’ve just told her how he felt the first time they had an argument and none of this would happen. Relationships 101.

Aggy: But there is this part where Neal had a dejavu, I think their magical conversation was like set in another time frame, that it actually happened but in a complete different time realm. Hmm…maybe that’s why we get dejavus.

Aiko: Huh… that’s a very interesting thought!

Aggy: I just wish there was an explanation on the whole magical phone! Honestly!

Aiko: There’s no explanation, Aggy, it’s a magic yellow phone. Ta-daa!

Aggy: But I cannot accept that!

Aiko: Also it’s Christmas… and miracles happen on Christmas. This book is basically the equivalent of all the TV movies they run during Christmas season.

Aggy: Aiko, ever the optimist. Love the pugs though and I love her mum’s reaction on finding out that Heather is gay.

Aiko: Georgie’s mom is epic in everything she does.

Aggy: Yup. Bad ass mum!

Aiko: Okay so basically I hated the first 50% of the book, but it got better after that. And Georgie’s an annoying whiny bitch.

Aggy: Eleanor and Park was way better.

Aiko: Hmm… but imagine if Seth was a girl… I mean, because he’s Seth, we can kinda predict that Neal was not okay with Georgie being so close to him, and we probably knew that Seth loved Georgie… but if Seth was Susan, no wait, Sue, that fits better. Imagine if Seth was Sue and then the story goes like… “I love you, Georgie” “I know, Sue, I love you too!” “No, I mean I LOVE you, the way Neal loves you… heck, I love you more than he does! Look at what he’s done to you!”

Aggy: Woah! That’s another level but would’ve made the story line so much better and much more unpredictable too.

Aiko: I know right… we should totally write a fanfiction. LOL.

Aggy: So, in conclusion how many stars would give this book?

Aiko: Umm… I don’t know… 3? 3,5?

Aggy: I would give it a 2,5 actually.

Aiko: Okay, so it’s a 3 then… our average 😛

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

Landline Book Cover Landline
Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


If I had my way, I’d spend the rest of my days at the corner of a coffee shop, reading, writing, and talking to the one I love.

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